Building of the Year: West

Building of the Year: West

Courtesy SmithGroupJJR

For AN’s third annual design awards, seven jurors gathered in New York to review nearly 500 projects submitted by architects and designers.

The jury included Amale Andraos, dean of Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Nicholas Koster, project manager at Snøhetta; Chee Perlman, editor and curator of Chee Company; Ana Garcia Puyol, computational designer at Thornton Tomasetti; Ali Tayar; founder of Parallel Design Partnership, Terence Riley, founding partner at Keenan/Riley, and Mimi Zeiger, AN’s west coast editor.

In each category, a winner and an honorable mention were selected, although there were a couple of ties. Over the coming days, we will be posting their selections in the 21 categories.


Building of the Year Winner

Chu Hall – Solar Energy Research Center
Architect: SmithGroupJJR
Location: Berkeley, California


Located among the expansive Berkeley Hills and overlooking the bay, UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Chu Hall is an alternative energy research facility set to focus on new generation photovoltaic solutions, laser laboratories, and computational chemistry laboratories. Designed to reflect the natural form of the hillside topography, the labs feature a subsurface plinth to reduce the size of the facility and to ensure minimal vibration and light-sensitive environments. A seamless connection was made with the current LBNL campus by placing an outdoor plaza and offices in a breezeway at grade, promoting interaction between all buildings on-site.

Honorable Mention

Bruce Damonte

Kaiser Permanente Kraemer Radiation Oncology Center
Architect: Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Location: Anaheim, California